Movie Review: A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas (2011)

by StevenHelmer

A review of the 2011 holiday comedy starring Kal Penn and John Cho.

Synopsis: Years after their Guantanamo Bay incident, Harold and Kumar have gone their separate ways. When a package for Harold is accidentally delivered to Kumar's apartment, he does the right thing and drops it off at his former best friend's house and the pair accidentally burn down a Christmas tree given to Harold by his Christmas-tree-obsessed father-in-law. They go out in search of a replacement and end up on a new adventure as a result.

Who's In It?


I picked out this Christmas movie last night mostly because I was in the mood for something different and had never seen it. However, I did, admittedly have some doubts about this one, mostly because, while Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle is one of my favorite comedies, I wasn't overly impressed with the Harold & Kumar Escape Guantanamo Bay sequel.

I also couldn't help but wonder if the fact I wasn't able to watch this 3D film in 3D would make it worse than it normally would, especially since a lot of 3D movies focus too much on that and not as much on the plot. However, after watching it, I have to admit this movie was considerably better than I was expecting it to be.

One of the things I loved about Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle was the way the writers included a whole bunch of unexpected twists and turns that either played a major role in the movie or were just there for a short-lived comedic effect. While this movie never really reached the same level as the original, it did do a decent job of at least trying to recapture some of that magic, whether it was inadvertently introducing a toddler to drugs or accidentally giving Santa Claus a head wound.

And, while their quest to find a Christmas tree didn't really prove to be as difficult as an adventure as getting to White Castle, it did still have its moments, especially when they accidentally destroyed a replacement or were sidetracked by a crime lord's (Elias Koteas) henchmen because of a misunderstanding involving his daughter (Jordan Hinson),

I will admit, while I did enjoy the movie overall, there are some moments in it that did make me feel a little uncomfortable, especially the scene involving Neil Patrick Harris having a conversation with Jesus (Jake Johnson) and White Castle hold over Goldstein (David Krumholtz) talking about his conversion to Christianity. Fortunately, however, those scenes were kept to a reasonable minimum, at least to the point I could chuckle a bit and move on. But, if you're easily offended, this is something that may make you want to avoid watching it.

A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas

Following years of growing apart, Harold Lee (Cho) and Kumar Patel (Penn) have replaced each other with new friends and are preparing for their respective Yuletide celebrations....

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Final Opinion

The first movie is still the best by a lot. But, this did prove to be a funny Christmas comedy that I found I did enjoy watching. However, because they don't hold anything back, it may not be a movie everyone will enjoy.

My Grade: B

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Updated: 12/20/2016, StevenHelmer
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